Becoming an expert in any discipline takes patience, dedication and a motive for applying oneself: a reason why. Becoming a ‘drinking specialist’ (avoiding excessive alcohol consumption, and drinking sensibly instead*) is no different!
* According to Alcohol Concern.org, men should not regularly drink more than three to four units of alcohol per day. Women should not regularly drink more than two to three units of alcohol per day
If you are one of Britain’s functioning alcoholics (a well educated and financially secure professional), you probably spend too much time thinking about alcohol, your next drink, your next ‘session’…
At work, do you watch the clock, wishing the end of your working day would quickly come so that you can get down the pub? Perhaps you even have a pint at lunchtime, and so the mornings seem to drag?
And when you’re at home spending time with your family, are you only partly there? That is, are you rarely fully engaged in activities and conversations with your loved ones, because your thoughts are constantly turning to when you can get your next drink?
What a waste of time. What a waste of life.
It’s a ‘space thing’
After kicking the booze, you’ll be amazed at how much ‘space’ has been created in your mind – freed-up space that you can use. Reading will be a pleasure again, because you can become absorbed by the story without your concentration continually being fragmented as your mind is pulled away to thoughts about drinking. By being able to apply yourself better, your performance at work is sure to improve, to be more consistent. And your family and friends will notice that you are much more engaged with them; that you are genuinely listening to them, at last.
Regain your self-respect
By freeing yourself from alcoholism’s ‘prison’, you won’t have to hide any more. You won’t have to lie about how much you drink – you can be totally open about it. You’ll find a certain relief in all this. Concealing an addiction can put the brain and the body under incredible strain, and can actually lead to illness. By no longer having to lie about, hide, deny or justify the amount you drink, you’ll be protecting both your mental and physical health; the days of you having to be forever ‘looking over your shoulder’ will be over.